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A list of the best movies of 1985, from instant classics like Back to the Future to cult hits like The Goonies. The '80s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. Over the years we were all exposed to new stars and big blockbusters and 1985 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies, and dramas in history from PG-13 movies to Rated R thrillers. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released becoming some of the best movies ever made. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on this list of the top 1985 films.
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Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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433 149
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The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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395 139
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The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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287 78
Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Weird Science Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

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199 108
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Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

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201 143
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Pee-wee's Big Adventure Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild, Tim Burton

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167 105
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Fletch Chevy Chase, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Geena Davis

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164 109
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Commando Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton

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191 149
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St. Elmo's Fire Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson

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195 118
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Cocoon Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy

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146 108
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Rambo: First Blood Part II Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier, Richard Crenna

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144 99
Witness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Witness Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover

13
154 91
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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162 103
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Real Genius Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase, Deborah Foreman

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145 98
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Spies Like Us Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hope

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133 86
Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Fright Night Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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196 114
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Teen Wolf Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton

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202 144
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National Lampoon's European Vacation Chevy Chase, Anthony Michael Hall, Beverly DAngelo

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134 99
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Legend Tom Cruise, Tim Curry, Mia Sara

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150 112
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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Tina Turner, Mel Gibson, Rebekah Elmaloglou

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155 100
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The Jewel of the Nile Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

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139 80
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Better Off Dead John Cusack, E.G. Daily, David Ogden Stiers

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146 95
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Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Steve Guttenberg, Jason Hervey, Bubba Smith

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156 101
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Clue Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

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96 96
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Pale Rider Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn, Michael Moriarty

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100 83
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Ladyhawke Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, Alfred Molina

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148 107
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Mask Cher, Laura Dern, Sam Elliott

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117 66
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Brewster's Millions Richard Pryor, John Candy, Rick Moranis

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92 106
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Brazil Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm

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64 92
Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Out of Africa Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Iman Abdulmajid

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105 90
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: F... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Robert Englund, Hope Lange, Clu Gulager

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114 73
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Desperately Seeking Susan Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, John Turturro

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101 82
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A View to a Kill Christopher Walken, Roger Moore, Grace Jones

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90 82
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Just One of the Guys Sherilyn Fenn, William Zabka, Joyce Hyser

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81 64
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Summer Rental John Candy, Joey Lawrence, Rip Torn

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92 63
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The Legend of Billie Jean Christian Slater, Helen Slater, Dean Stockwell

37
61 78
The Falcon and the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
The Falcon and the Snowman Sean Penn, Timothy Hutton, Michael Ironside

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74 83
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Enemy Mine Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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72 67
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The Sure Thing John Cusack, Tim Robbins, Nicollette Sheridan

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55 91
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To Live and Die in L.A. Willem Dafoe, John Turturro, Jane Leeves

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65 96
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After Hours Martin Scorsese, Teri Garr, Catherine O'Hara

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78 45
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Once Bitten Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally, Lauren Hutton

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78 82
Friday the 13th: A New Beginni... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning Corey Feldman, Miguel A. Núñez, Jr.

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74 61
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Cat's Eye Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Charles S. Dutton

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62 64
The Return of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
The Return of the Living Dead Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley

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66 71
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Silverado Kevin Costner, John Cleese, Kevin Kline

47
52 87
Runaway Train is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Runaway Train Jon Voight, Rebecca De Mornay, Eric Roberts

48
59 40
Explorers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Explorers Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, James Cromwell

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72 61
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Fright Night Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Toni Collette

50
9 8
Year of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Dimos Dicoudis added Year of the Dragon Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Eddie Jones